Thursday, 10 September 2015

Pancratium maritimum

Had a wonderful day out today on the north coast to photographing Pancratium maritimum - the sea daffodil. These stunningly beautiful flowers bloom at the back of the beach from August through to October. They have a wonderful fragrance and it is just mind-blowing to think the this plant was known to the Minoan civilisation on Crete in pre-Christian times and the perfume we enjoyed today, is the same as they would have loved. Pancratium maritimum can be seen on Minoan pottery and on their wall frescoes on Crete and Santorini. We called at my friends taverna in Pachia Ammos for the best horta pies, flavoured with cumin, that I have eaten anywhere. Then back to Elounda for another delicious lunch at Vachus. Lovely, lovely day.

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